View Full Version : cutting-should i be concerned with my progress?

12-08-2006, 10:58 PM
Front (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/front.jpg)
Back (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/back.jpg)
Side (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/side.jpg)
MM (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/frontflex.jpg)
"Lat Spread" (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/backflex.jpg)
Back Flex (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/backflex2.jpg)
Front Leg Flex (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/flexleg.jpg)
Side Leg Flex (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/poutineeh/sideleg.jpg)
lighting seems to be alil off for the two comparison dates, and some poses arent exactly the same. my aplogies

short history: I was bulking at the beginning of the school year, then i saw i was putting on too much fat, so i stopped at the end of september. As of today, i have been cutting for ~2 months (give or take a few days). I started at 183 and thursday morning, i weighed 173.
I'm sick of bulking, messing up, and ending up fat, so I decided I am going to keep cutting until i have a good base to bulk with, which should be when i get around 13%-15% BF.

My goal at the start of cutting was to get to 170, and then decide what to do from there. I am positive once I reach that, i am going to set a new goal of probably weighing 160 lbs, and then decide where to go from there.

School has been keeping me extremely busy during the last 2 months, so I have only been able to get to the gym 1-2 days a week and I do a full body routine. I have to get up at 6 am to fit it in my day, so lack of sleep and lack of food has really hurt how much effort i can put forth while lifting. Next semester I should have more time for the gym.

question: I just would like to know if these are the results I should expect after 2 months of cutting. I didnt expect to get ripped or anything like that, but I'm having a little trouble finding many improvements in the pictures. Do you guys think im doing ok, or would you recommend me changing something ie diet or routine? Figure i would post now about it than 6 months into cutting and then wondering where i went wrong...

12-08-2006, 11:09 PM
a 10lb loss seems about right for 2 months. you don't want to lose weight too fast or you'll start sacrificing muscle. although, i agree, the pics do look about the same. but as long as the scale is going down and you're keeping your strength up, i say just keep on doing what you're doing.

12-09-2006, 12:21 AM
yeah. a little discouraging watching what i eat and losing weight at the rate i want for 2 months to just end up 10 lbs. lighter but no real noticable difference in composition. because i have to put up with dorm food for another year, i typically will drink 4-5 protein shakes a day just because the food they serve is almost always carbs/fat. occasionally they will serve chicken which ill eat. i would like to count my macros like i did over the summer, but the dorm makes it really hard to do that, unless i bring my own scale and weigh everything myself in the cafeteria.

im guessing i need to fix my training. i was alittle too concerned with performing the exercises properly and didnt really go hard and heavy like i should. i also think i needed more sets.

guess i should be happy im fixing the problems earlier on. i am probably going to try and shoot for 5-6 shakes a day and train harder. ill post an update w/ pics again in another 2 months.

12-09-2006, 06:14 AM
go with low volume and heavy heavy weights on a cut. i agree with what has been said. if strength is staying the same and weight's going down, ur doing something right, just keep with it, and u'll get there.